Every year competitions are organized by the various survivalrun associations in the country. During these runs, each association presents an original obstacle course. These trails are generally built, manned and broken down by volunteers. This way the runs, together with the contributions of all the great sponsors, remain an affordable hobby.
Survival runs are for all levels. They range from a fun run for the untrained beginner to a ~20km run for the seasoned athlete. The official competition classes are the long survival run/top survival circuit (LSR, ~20km), the medium survival run/runners up circuit (MSR, ~12-14k), the short survival run/basic survival circuit (KSR, ~8km) and the youth survival circuit (JSR). In addition to these competition classes, there are also recreational distances. These are often equal to the competition classes in terms of distance, but somewhat lighter in terms of obstacles. There is also usually a category for groups or pairs that can help each other during the run.
At the registration table at a survival run you always get two objects; a T-shirt and a wristband. Your bib number is printed on the T-shirt and the color of the shirt indicates which category you are participating in. For example, red is the official color of the medium MSR. This ensures that the athletes are easily recognizable.
The wristband is the most important part of survivalrun. You get this tape at the start and it indicates that you have passed all obstacles. If you fall out of an obstacle, you can try it as many times as you like. However, if you ultimately do not pass the obstacle and give up, you must hand in the wristband to the competition management and you will automatically be placed in the rankings among all athletes who have passed all obstacles.
A run always starts in start groups. These groups contain between 10-25 athletes. By having these groups start every few minutes, the field of participants is stretched, so that you are less bothered by each other during obstacles.
The aim of the run is therefore to complete the course, passing all obstacles. At the finish your time will be noted and whether you still have your wristband. The race runners receive a number of points for their performance that count towards the general classification. As a result, there will be a champion at the end of the season!
There are about 35 runs per year throughout the long run. This is becoming more every year due to growth in the sport! There are relatively many runs in the north of the country. For example, some large runs that many members participate in; Leeuwarden, Westerbork, Kootstertille and the Knipe. Of course there will also be a run in Groningen. The entire calendar, together with links to the registration pages, can be found on the website of the survival bond: survivalbond.nl